I was writing in another thread about some YA novels which were turned into films and how there are better (and earlier) versions of what is effectively exactly the same film available. The examples I used were: - Twiglet which is a god-awful version of (Zeffirelli's because it is the best) Romeo and Juliet. The Hunger Games which is an inferior version of Battle Royale. The Maze Runner which is a more chintzy version of Cube. The latter two novels in particular must have been directly inspired by the earlier films; the concepts are identical as are many of the details. They are just diluted for mass consumption. Which set my mind wondering about any other examples of successful recent novels or films, which are heavily influenced by a superior alternative. Any ideas?